Bumblefoot? A knot on the bottom of her foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dsvabulas, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. dsvabulas

    dsvabulas Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2009
    Grafton MA
    She is not using her right foot, is hopping. When I looked, she has a big swollen 'knot'on the bottom, where her toes all meet up. I put blue-kote and when it dried put a triple antibiotic ointment. I'm sure these won't help, I didn't see any broken skin. Can I use sulmet for this? Or do I need to lance it? I can probably 'man up' enough to pull it off, but what then? Help!! I know I can count on you chicken lovers to help me solve this problem. Thanks, Donna
  2. sootman

    sootman Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 30, 2007
    Bucks County Pa.
    Sounds like you need to lance it and clean it out.
    I did it and then just wrapped with Vet Wrap. Chicken was fine after that.
    Two weeks later a hawk got her.
  3. dsvabulas

    dsvabulas Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2009
    Grafton MA
    That's what I was afraid of! lol
    And, we are not going above freezing for a wk or so here,
    I hate to leave her w/ a wound.
    Is it an infection that can be resolved w/ a med, do you know?
    Thanks!! Donna
  4. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    My husband treats bumblefoot by trimming it(sometimes there is infection in there) and then antibiotic ointment and coban(vetwrap)
  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Can you post a pic so we can confirm it is indeed bumblefoot? Sulmet is not used for this condition, which is a staph infection typically caused by an injury to the foot. When I had a hen with bumblefoot, we worked the plug out and cleaned the cheesy material out, then followed a with a course of a week of Pen G injectible antibiotic injections to prevent infection and daily cleansing. I did not wrap and my hen healed fine.
  6. dsvabulas

    dsvabulas Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2009
    Grafton MA
    I can take and post a pic tomorrow.
    I really appreciate all the responses.
    Gotta go sharpen my blade.
  7. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    Search bumblefoot. There is a lot of information about soaking and lancing and what to do and how to do it.
  8. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Yes, do the search. Someone took the time to really explain the surgery and post pics. You can't go wrong if you follow their advice. I recommend bringing the chicken indoors for a few days after the surgery, since it is so cold. Good luck!
  9. vnploveschickens

    vnploveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  10. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina

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